Body Language


"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do I do with my hands? How should I stand? Should I use the lectern or walk across the stage? What is my facial expression saying about me?

These are the questions that I get asked all of the time.

Body language and non-verbal communication is one of the keys to effective leadership, effective communication and effective presentation skills. Without appropriate body language and other nonverbal communication, the best-crafted message may fall short or you may be seen as not genuine.

The ability to understand, interpret and use effective body language is a skill that will enhance your presentation skills, public speaking and career. Body language is a form of communication, and it needs to be understood and practiced like any other communication skills. Whether in training, facilitation, keynote speaking or everyday communication, it is essential to understand exactly what your own body is saying and communicating to others and what others nonverbal communication is saying to you.

Course Content

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Read what your body is saying about you

  • Gesture with confidence and intelligence

  • Use eye contact appropriately

  • Use the platform or stage effectively when presenting

  • Look after your voice and create additional vocal variety and interest.

  • Demonstrate credibility and approachability and when to use each

  • Stand confidently and avoid distracting and superfluous gestures

  • Use the frozen hand gesture

  • Use breathing and pause to generate suspense and create impact

Learning Outcomes

After this workshop you will have learned the skills of effective and appropriate body language that you can use every day to be a more effective communicator.

You will be able to use skillful and appropriate body language in everyday communications, meetings, and job interviews and of course, in your presentation and public speaking skills. 

**This workshop can be delivered as an in-house corporate workshop. It will be customised to meet your organisational training needs and the key learning outcomes are set to match your requirements.

Peter Dhu

Peter’s story is a motivational tale that really shows what can become of someone who is willing to brave it all and take the first step forward Scott Campbell, Perth Convention Bureau

About Peter Dhu

Peter Dhu is an experienced and acclaimed keynote speaker, trainer and coach in the area of presentation skills, public speaking and overcoming fear.

For over 20 years, Peter has helped thousands of people overcome their fear of public speaking and become more confident and effective in the delivery of their presentations.

A medical scientist by profession, Peter has also studied extensively in the area of business and leadership, culminating in his Masters of Business and Administration and Diploma in Professional Coaching.

Body Language

Body Language

According to Malcolm Gladwell you have 15 seconds to make an impression and impact in a job interview. In his book “What the dog saw” he describes how the first 15 seconds of any job interviews determines how the interview panel rates you and your ultimate success at getting that job. This and many other studies reiterate the importance of body language in your public speaking, presentation skills and everyday interactions. A commonly quoted number is that over 50% of your message is contained within your gestures and body language.

So how well do you know your body language? Have you done any work on growing, expanding or improving your gestural vocabulary? How often do you get feedback from an audience on how they perceive or read your body language? Have you practised in front of mirror or seen yourself on video presenting? If you want to improve your communication skills and effectiveness as a speaker, presenter or trainer then you could certainly do so by investing in your body language.

I recommend two books that may help you become more aware of your body language and gestures.
• “Body Language In The Work Place” by Allan and Barbara Pease
• “The Elusive Obvious – The Science of Non Verbal Communication” by Michael Grinder


Over the week I am also going to run a series of Facebook posts, each on a different aspect of body language. So if this does interest you, follow us on Facebook.

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